Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health (RPSP/PAJPH)

Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health (RPSP/PAJPH)
http://www.paho.org/journal/index.php?option=com_content&view=featured&Itemid=101

Recently Published Articles –
Embedding research in health policy and systems in the Americas [Incorporación de la investigación en las políticas y los sistemas de salud de la Región de las Américas]
Etienne V. Langlois, Nhan T. Tran, Abdul Ghaffar, Ludovic Reveiz and Francisco Becerra-Posada
Overview – Published 21 April |

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Special Report
Embedding research to improve program implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean [Incorporación de las investigaciones para mejorar la ejecución de programas en América Latina y el Caribe]
Nhan Tran, Etienne V. Langlois, Ludovic Reveiz, Ilona Varallyay, Vanessa Elias, Arielle Mancuso, Francisco Becerra-Posada, and Abdul Ghaffar
Published 21 April |
ABSTRACT
In the last 10 years, implementation research has come to play a critical role in improving the implementation of already-proven health interventions by promoting the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based strategies into routine practice. The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and the Pan American Health Organization implemented a program of embedded implementation research to support health programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 2014–2015. A total of 234 applications were received from 28 countries in the Americas. The Improving Program Implementation through Embedded Research (iPIER) scheme supported 12 implementation research projects led by health program implementers from nine LAC countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Saint Lucia. Through this experience, we learned that the “insider” per­spective, which implementers bring to the research proposal, is particularly important in iden­tifying research questions that focus on the systems failures that often manifest in barriers to implementation. This paper documents the experience of and highlights key conclusions about the conduct of embedded implementation research. The iPIER experience has shown great promise for embedded research models that place implementers at the helm of implementation research initiatives.